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Jan 08

Guest Blog - Marian Anderson

Posted on January 8, 2021 at 11:29 AM by Lindsey Kult

When Marian Sang Book Cover

This blog was written by Rachel Figg, a friend of a staff member.  Rachel shared information about one of her favorite artists and agreed to let us create a blog about it! 

Marian Anderson was a black woman born in 1897.  There's a new documentary on Amazon Prime about her.  I (Rachel) used to always teach about her when I taught music in the schools.  She was a classically trained singer born in the wrong... but also the right... time.  

She sang on the biggest stages all over the world, but when she tried to give a concert at Constitution Hall the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) wouldn't allow it.  So Eleanor Roosevelt arranged for her to sing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday.  76,000 people came to that concert. 

She wasn't a civil right leader or activist.  She just sang, and it changed everything.

Do you want to learn more about Marian Anderson?  Place a hold on an item using this link.  Rachel loves the picture book When Marian Sang - you can place that book on hold here

Thank you to Rachel for this guest blog!  Are you passionate about something - a subject, person, series or franchise?  We’d love for you to be a guest blogger to share your knowledge with the community!  Please reach out to the library at if you would like to participate this way.

The blogs do not have to be long or formal.  We will help you and can keep your identity anonymous if you would prefer.

Rachel homeschools her children in South Carolina and created The Hands-On Homeschool Virtual Co-op, a member-based co-op for homeschooling families.  She is teaching a lesson on Marian Anderson this February.